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Prohibited Trees

Common Name

Botanical Name

Prohibited Trees for Street Tree Planting
Boxelder Acer negundo                                            
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissma
Catalpa Catalpa species
Autumn and Russian-olive Elaeagnus species
Mulberry Morus species
Poplar Populus species
Buckthorn Rhamnus species
Willow Salix species
Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila
Other Trees Not Recommended for Street Tree Planting
Norway Maple Acer Platanoides
All varieties that bear seed (including "Crimson King") are considered invasive. Norway maples are also susceptible to disease, girdling roots, and general decline.
Red Maple Acer rubrum
Due to popularity, red maples (especially certain varieties, e.g. ‘Red Sunset’) have been overplanted.
Buckeye and Horsechestnut Aesculus species
Seeds create a litter problem. Only seedless varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street).
Female Kentucky Coffeetree Gymnocladus dioicus
Seeds create a litter problem. Only male varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street).
Sweetgum  Liquidambar styraciflua 
Seeds create a litter problem. Only seedless varieties should be used for tree lawn locations (between the sidewalk and street). Common sweetgum isn’t always hardy in Michigan. Varieties with proven hardiness include “Lane Roberts” and “Moraine.”
Blue (Colorado) Spruce Picea pungens
Susceptible to disease and storm damage.
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
Susceptible to disease.
Flowering Pear Pyrus calleryana
Due to popularity, flowering pears have been overplanted. Their seeds create a litter problem, they fruit abundantly and are considered invasive. ‘Bradford’ is especially susceptible to storm damage.

Read the City's Street Tree Ordinance


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